Thanks to my friend, Jacques Rancourt, for taking the time to interview me about the new book. If you're a soldier or former-soldier, do you have thoughts on this unwritten "rule" I speak of? I know upon returning home, what you did over there and how much you left the wire mattered a lot; it was not something you embellished or exaggerated at all. This translated to my writing and overall, I shy away from writing about any experience in Iraq that I wasn't directly involved in. In the future, maybe I will write about Fallujah or Abu Ghraib...
- Hugh Martin
- Hugh Martin is originally from northeast Ohio and he spent six years in the Army National Guard and eleven months in Iraq. His chapbook, So, How Was The War? (Kent State UP, 2010) was published by the Wick Poetry Center and his full-length collection, The Stick Soldiers, will be available through BOA Editions in March 2013. He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the winner of the 11th annual A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions, Ltd., and the winner of the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from The Iowa Review. His poems have appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, and The New Republic. Martin graduated from Muskingum University and has an MFA from Arizona State. Currently he is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and lives in Oakland, California.